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Monday, April 27, 2020

Sunderland Echo feature - stotty bread and sagas


My local newspaper, The Sunderland Echo, have featured me today making stotty bread at home.

If you can get your hands on flour and yeast and want to give it a go, the recipe is here on my blog.

You can read the full feature in the paper here.
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Glenda Young
Author of historical novels with Headline
Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor


Listen again: My interview on BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour


Today, Monday 27th April 2020, I was interviewed on BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour by presenter Jane Garvey who ended the interview by calling me 'fantastic'.  I'm going to dine out on that for months.

I was chatting about my novels set in the northeast pit village of Ryhope (where I'm from) in 1919, about short story writing and coming to writing at a later stage of my life.

If you'd like to, you can listen to the interview here. I'm introduced at the start and my interview begins at 20 minutes and 15 seconds in.

You can listen to it at BBC Sounds here.

If you enjoy radio, you might like to read my blog post all about the radio shows that defined my life. It's called Radio, Radio and it's here.

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Glenda Young
Author of historical novels with Headline
Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Corrie weekly update, April 25 2020

I've been writing Coronation Street weekly updates since 1995 and this week's Coronation Street update has just gone live here.


And if you'd like to support the Coronation Street weekly updates to keep them going (please), you can donate here
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Glenda Young
Author of historical novels with Headline
Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

A mention in New Writing North's newsletter


Very grateful to all at New Writing North for including me in their latest newsletter. 

I'm under the People section here.

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Glenda Young
Author of historical novels with Headline
Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

The joy of writing a novel in lockdown


It's day 1,489 of lockdown and 7 days since I sprained my ankle. I have been confined to the sofa with my foot up with a bag of iced peas. It's recovering, I'll be fine, but I'm a very impatient patient. I'm not the sort of person who can sit still. But I have to, for now. I went over twice on my ankle in the garden last Tuesday and a call to NHS 111 confirmed it wasn't a fracture. I have to sit and wait this out.

And while I do, I write.

And what a joy it is.

I was already scheduled to begin writing novel 6 (as yet untitled) before lockdown began.  It's another gritty saga set in a northeast mining village in 1919. I'd planned to do three weeks of research in museums and archives ... and then lockdown began. My research plans were scrapped, changed. I bought a pile of books from ebay and I did three weeks of research by reading instead. A friend of mine gave me his access to an historical research site, which has helped a great deal.

Historians I'd usually meet and chat with have been more than happy to respond to my questions by email, they say it gives them something to do.  One historian friend works as a GP and I've been loathe to contact him during this crisis. He'd offered his advice on mental health and the Sunderland asylum in Ryhope, an integral part of the book that was inspired by my GP friend after my first novel was published. The asylum has been hovering in the back of my mind since then. However, he's been more than willing to help and says it's a welcome, even a necessary distraction from what is going on right now.

And so after three weeks of reading and as much research as I could do, I plotted and planned and then began to write.

Normally I write three, sometimes four times a week in chunks of 2,000 words. That's my routine and it's worked well for the last five novels I've written.  But this time I'm writing every day. Each morning from 8am I get stuck into my fictional world and bring it alive. And because I'm writing each day, I'm more fully immersed in that world than ever before. I have no emails to answer, no author talks to give, there are no demands on my time other than to rest my ankle. And with that freedom in my head, I can give myself over to writing each day.

And it's an absolute joy.

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Glenda Young
Author of historical novels with Headline
Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Corrie weekly update, April 18 2020

I've been writing Coronation Street weekly updates since 1995 and this week's Coronation Street update has just gone live here.


And if you'd like to support the Coronation Street weekly updates to keep them going (please), you can donate here
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Glenda Young
Author of historical novels with Headline
Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Corrie Weekly Update - April 11 2020

I've been writing Coronation Street weekly updates since 1995 and this week's Coronation Street update has just gone live here.


And if you'd like to support the Coronation Street weekly updates to keep them going (please), you can donate here
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Glenda Young
Author of historical novels with Headline
Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Tuesday, April 07, 2020

110 years of My Weekly with a special mention


My Weekly magazine are celebrating their 110th anniversary this week.

And I'm surprised and very happy to be included in their special edition with a lovely mention, as below.


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Glenda Young
Author of historical novels with Headline
Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Monday, April 06, 2020

Plotting and planning a novel


Today I've been out for my daily walk, baked a chicken pie and cleaned the kitchen. And I've also plotted my novel.

It's a rough plot and plan at this stage, nothing more than the synopsis broken down into plot points and spread over 16 chapters.

Why 16 chapters?

Because 16 sheets of A4 fit perfectly onto the carpet in my writing room leaving me enough space to walk around them, and in and out of the room while the chapter plans remain where they are while I think.

I'll be doing a lot of thinking in the coming days because plotting and planning is about more than making lists and spreadsheets and sticking post-it notes onto bits of paper. It's about thinking and creating and seeing where your characters will face obstacles that will hinder them or where they meet characters who might help them. Or kill them.  It's about making sure that your plot points work, that they're dramatic or emotional enough to carry the reader through, involving them in the story. More importantly, it's about getting the reader on your character's side from your very first word. That's all in the planning and plotting, the thinking and doing.

No matter what works for you - post-it notes and blank sheets work for me - let it excite you and get you fired up and ready for writing. Because if you don't feel the excitement, energy and emotion of writing your novel, then your reader won't either.

By the end of this week, I hope to have my chapter plans written up. It'll just be a few lines for each chapter, nothing more than say 200 words. But it'll be a guide to writing each chapter, so that when I sit down to write, I'm not staring at a blank screen with an empty mind. I'll know where I'm going and where I want to take the reader with me every step of the way.

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Glenda Young
Author of historical novels with Headline
Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Read my winning short story in Evesham Festival of Words


If you'd like to, you can read my winning story in this year's Evesham Festival of Words right here. 

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Glenda Young
Author of historical novels with Headline
Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Saturday, April 04, 2020

Corrie Weekly Update - April 4 2020

I've been writing Coronation Street weekly updates since 1995 and this week's Coronation Street update has just gone live here.


And if you'd like to support the Coronation Street weekly updates to keep them going (please), you can donate here
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Glenda Young
Author of historical novels with Headline
Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor

Short Story Winner - Evesham Festival of Words 2020


Good news is in short supply right now so I'm absolutely over the moon about this. I've won this year's Evesham Festival of Words Short Story competition with my short story called The Fan Club Man.

The story will be going on the festival website soon and if you'd like to you can read it once it's live.

It's a story about a man, not without his difficulties in life, who runs a fan club for a soap star that he's infatuated with. So when she calls him out of the blue and asks him to meet, he goes a bit giddy kipper. However, what she has to tell him isn't what he wants to hear.   The judge said that my story made them both laugh and cry.

And it was inspired by a true story of something that happened to me. That's all I'm going to say!
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Glenda Young
Author of historical novels with Headline
Twitter: @Flaming_Nora
Facebook: GlendaYoungAuthor
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